How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of 'GH,' 'The View' and 'The Chew'; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of ‘GH,’ ‘The View’ and ‘The Chew’; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

One Life to Live


Could the incompetence of a network executive get any uglier? Why yes, it can! The latest in a series of blunders by Brian Frons, President, Daytime, Disney/ABC Television Group, since the announcement that he has decided to “evolve” ABC Daytime by canceling “All My Children and “One Life to Live” by replacing them with “The Chew” and “The Revolution,” while sticking his foot in his mouth in interview (, after interview (Entertainment Weekly), after interview (The Wrap), comes a scathing report by another Disney Insider that paints Frons as an executive without much imagineers (Disney speak for imagination).


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Following months of speculation, the announcement has finally been made official today. ABC has announced plans to cancel two-thirds of their daytime soap line-up. According to reports, “All My Children” will last air in September, while “One Life to Live” will leave the air in January 2012. The move will leave “General Hospital” as the network’s only remaining daytime drama.

Reaction is slowly beginning to trickle in from the cast and crew of both soaps. David A. Gregory (Robert Ford, “OLTL”) posted on Facebook this afternoon that “Oh, guys, it’s with great difficulty I report that at a company meeting today, we were told the ‘OLTL’ will be taping their last episodes in November. Airing Jan. 2012. ‘AMC’ will finish taping in August. Thank you all so much for your support of not only Daytime TV, but the ABC soaps: especially ‘OLTL.’ And the Ford clan!! Love you guys. Frank [Valentini] has promised were goin’ out with a bang so get ready!”


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( — With his character Cole Thornhart serving a ten-year jail sentence for murdering a man and his on-screen mother Susan Haskell preparing to leave town, could Brandon Buddy be on his way back to Llanview?

You may recall that Buddy left the show last November after choosing not to renew his contract, following a much publicized Twitter hacking scandal. Now the actor takes to the social networking site again, this time to discuss the possibility of returning to “One Life to Live.

On April 13, Buddy tweeted a message to his fans, saying “As for going back to ‘OLTL’…. hmmm I’m not sure if it’s in my hands or not. I would love to come back for a little bit but only 4 all of u!”

Buddy played Cole, the son of Marty Saybrooke and the late Patrick Thornhart, from 2006-2010.

Kristen Alderson (Starr), Buddy’s former on-screen girlfriend recently tweeted in response to a question from a fan that “No, it was Brandon’s choice to leave [the show]…don’t feel sorry for him. =) It wasn’t ‘OLTL’s’ choice to not have him.”

On a related note, it appears that Cole’s deceased dad (Thorsten Kaye) may be returning to Llanview as well, since “One Life to Live” is currently casting a “Thorsten Kaye Body Double” for some upcoming scenes.

Robert S. Woods Recieives Humanitarian Award

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( — “One Life to Live’s” Robert S. Woods (Bo) will be among those honored at HeartShare Human Services of New York‘s Annual Spring Gala on Thursday, March 24.  Woods will be honored withThe Linda Dano Heart Award for his support of the organization, which is “dedicated to improving the lives of people in need of special services and support.”

The award is named after actress Linda Dano (ex-Rae, “OLTL”), who serves on the HeartShare Board of Directors and presents the honor on an annual basis to an individual or group in the entertainment industry who “exemplifies a commitment to improving the lives of children,” states a press release.  Previous recipients of the award include Cameron Mathison and Susan Lucci from “All My Children,” along with the cast and crew of “As the World Turns,” “One Life to Live,” and “The View.”

Woods will be among four individuals recognized for their support and contributions.  The others include Mark C. Healy, President and CEO of the American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC., who will receive The Monsignor Thomas G. Hagerty Humanitarian Award; Vincent Theurer, Sr., President of the Approved Oil Company of Brooklyn, who is the recipient of The George A. Cincotta Community Development Award; and Lorraine M. Tazzo, President of The Genie Foundation, who will be presented with The HeartShare Genie Foundation Award.

Scheduled to attend from “One Life to Live,” in addition to Woods and Dano, include Eddie Alderson (Matthew), Kristen Alderson (Starr), Farah Fath (Gigi), David Fumero (Cristian), Susan Haskell (Marty), John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex), Mark Lawson (Brody), Sean Ringgold (Shaun), and Hillary B. Smith (Nora), as well as former cast member Billy Warlock (ex-Ross), and novelist Peter Straub (who has appeared on “OLTL” several times).  Other soap stars in attendance include Julie Pinson Warlock (ex-Janet, “As the World Turns”) and Thorsten Kaye (Ex-Zach, “All My Children”).  For a listing of other television, radio, and entertainment personalities attending, click here.

The 2011 HeartShare Spring Gala and Auction will be held on Thursday, March 24, at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City.  Cocktails and the silent auction begin at 5:30 pm ET, with the dinner to follow at 7:00 pm ET.  For more information, call (718) 422-3210, email, or click here.  And to learn more about HeartShare, please visit their website.

The 2010 Daytime Airhog Awards



Who hogged the most airtime in all of 2010? Steve Burton slips out of the number one slot due to competition from a relatively new co-star’s record-breaking year.

As the year 2010 came to a close, so did a years worth of tracking appearances of contract and recurring actors on daytime’s remaining soap operas. “General Hospital’s” Dominic Zamprogna (Dante Falconeri) and Steve Burton (Jason Morgan) top the list of appearances in 2010 as the male duo from the ABC soap respectively appeared in 234 and 224 out of 249 episodes. Those totals denote a noticeable rise from the amount of episodes 2009′s leaders Burton (208) & “Days of Our Lives” Arianne Zucker (Nicole Walker; 207) appeared in. In 2010, airing in 234 episodes, Zamprogna also beat the record formerly held by “All My Children’s” Alicia Minshew (Kendall Hart Slater) and Lindsay Hartley (as Theresa Lopez-Fitzgerald on NBC’s “Passions”) for most appearances in a year; Hartley appeared in 233 episodes in 2006 and Minshew appeared in the same amount of episodes in 2007. Enjoying an eight month long maternity leave in 2010, Minshew missed the list this year. Meanwhile, swapping from NBC to ABC and the time off in-between kept Hartley off the 2010 list, as well. ABC, CBS and NBC produced between 249 and 252 episodes of soap opera hours for each soap (except for the canceled CBS sudser “As the World Turns”) last year.



The Tuesday, February 22 episode of “One Life to Live” will not only give viewers their first glimpse of Andrew Trischitta as a recast Jack Manning, but it will also be the day that the ABC soap begins telling the story of bullying in America. The topic, of course, especially hits home with many children as they prepare to go to school each weekday not knowing if they will be thrown into their lockers with a wedgie or hanging upside down waiting for their lunch money to be stolen by someone bigger than them. Some of them even contemplate the prospect of suicide, which is rumored to be where the show may eventually take the storyline down the road. Wherever the show takes the story, Soap Opera Network of course will be following them every step of the way.



Today “Young and the Restless” co-executive producer Paul Rauch announced that he will be stepping down from the drama series as of Friday, April 1, which ironically enough is April Fool’s Day. This of course is no joke.

“My collaboration with Steve Kent, and Maria [Arena Bell] and Bill Bell [Jr.] has been very rewarding,” said Rauch in a statement. “I had great pleasure working with ‘Y&R’s’ magnificent cast and crew. I feel that I’ve accomplished everything that I set out to achieve, and it’s now time for me to return to New York.”

Rauch was named co-executive producer in October 2008 alongside executive producer/head writer Arena Bell. Prior to joining “Y&R,” he served time as executive producer at “Another World,” “Guiding Light,” “One Life to Live,” and “Santa Barbara.”

“One Life to Live” fans, who also happen to watch CBS’ “CSI: Miami,” should pay close attention to the Sunday, February 20 episode of the primetime drama as David Fumero (Cristian Vega) is set to play the role of Armando Salazar in the episode entitled “Last Stand.” “General Hospital’s” Robert LaSardo (ex-Manny/Mateo) is also set to return as Memmo Fiero,  the man who killed Horatio Caine’s (David Caruso) wife.


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( — Ratings Report for the Week of December 6 – 10, 2010.


Numbers are based on Live+Same Day ratings

Ratings for the week December 6-10, 2010

(Compared to Last Week/Compared to Last Year)

Total Viewers
1. Y&R 4,934,000 (-118,000/-175,000)
2. B&B 2,996,000 (-75,000/-363,000)
3. DAYS 2,607,000 (+27,000/-514,000)
4. GH 2,371,000 (-129,000/-235,000)
5. OLTL 2,321,000 (-28,000/-132,000)
6. AMC 2,290,000 (-11,000/-373,000)

1. Y&R 3.5/12 (same/-.2)
2. B&B 2.1/7 (-.1/-.3) <- ties low rating (Last time: November 22-26, 2010)
3. DAYS 1.9/6 (same/-.3)
4. AMC 1.8/6 (same/-.2)
4. GH 1.8/5 (same/-.1)
4. OLTL 1.8/6 (same/same)

Women 18-49 Viewers
1. Y&R 1,096,000 (+3,000/-92,000)
2. DAYS 742,000 (-3,000/-109,000)
3. GH 688,000 (-81,000/-160,000)
4. B&B 651,000 (-30,000/-71,000)
5. OLTL 572,000 (-38,000/-55,000) <- new low (Previous low: 600,000 for April 12-16, 2010)
6. AMC 544,000 (+1,000/-116,000)

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.7/11 (same/-.1)
2. DAYS 1.1/7 (same/-.2)
3. B&B 1.0/6 (same/-.1)
3. GH 1.0/6 (-.2/-.3) <- ties low rating (Last time: October 25-29, 2010)
5. OLTL 0.9/6 (same/same) <- ties low rating (3rd straight week)
6. AMC 0.8/5 (same/-.2) <- ties low rating (2nd straight week)

Girls 12-17 Viewers
1. Y&R 29,000 (+4,000/+7,000)
2. GH 21,000 (-1,000/-21,000)
3. DAYS 19,000 (-6,000/-18,000)
4. AMC 17,000 (+5,000/+7,000)
5. B&B 15,000 (+1,000/-12,000)
6. OLTL 12,000 (same/-9,000)

Women 18-34 Rating

1. Y&R 0.9/7 (-.2/-.2)
2. DAYS 0.7/5 (same/-.3)
2. GH 0.7/4 (same/-.3)
4. AMC 0.6/4 (+.1/-.2)
4. OLTL 0.6/4 (+.1/-.2)
4. B&B 0.6/4 (same/same)

Men 18+ Viewers
1. Y&R 1,242,000 (-17,000/-20,000)
2. B&B 685,000 (+3,000/-59,000)
3. DAYS 621,000 (+22,000/-40,000)
4. OLTL 435,000 (+9,000/-82,000)
5. GH 432,000 (-60,000/-79,000)
6. AMC 431,000 (-17,000/-165,000)


Day-To-Day Ratings – HH/Total Viewers

Monday: 1.8/2,386,000
Tuesday: 1.6/2,170,000
Wednesday: 1.7/2,220,000
Thursday: 1.9/2,430,000
Friday: 1.7/2,246,000

Monday: 2.2/3,176,000
Tuesday: 2.3/3,377,000
Wednesday: 2.0/2,763,000
Thursday: 2.0/2,804,000
Friday: 2.1/2,860,000

Monday: 2.0/2,683,000
Tuesday: 2.0/2,740,000
Wednesday: 2.0/2,723,000
Thursday: 1.9/2,514,000
Friday: 1.8/2,452,000

Monday: 1.8/2,522,000
Tuesday: 1.8/2,364,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,341,000
Thursday: 1.8/2,402,000
Friday: 1.7/2,226,000

Monday: 1.7/2,228,000
Tuesday: 1.7/2,342,000
Wednesday: 1.8/2,375,000
Thursday: 1.8/2,322,000
Friday: 1.7/2,352,000

Monday: 3.5/4,988,000
Tuesday: 3.5/5,123,000
Wednesday: 3.4/4,836,000
Thursday: 3.5/4,888,000
Friday: 3.4/4,835,000


For the SEASON September 20, 2010 through December 12, 2010

1. Y&R 3.6
2. B&B 2.3
3. GH 2.0
4. DAYS 1.9
5. AMC 1.8
5. OLTL 1.8

Women 18-49 Rating
1. Y&R 1.7
2. GH 1.4
3. DAYS 1.2
4. B&B 1.0
4. OLTL 1.0
6. AMC 0.9

Ratings Archive

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( — As previously reported, Brandon Buddy is departing ABC’s “One Life to Live” and now Soap Opera Network has learned the actor has finished taping his last scenes.

After months of rumors and speculation, ABC has finally confirmed that Buddy will be leaving the role of Cole Thornhart, son of Marty Saybrooke (Susan Haskell) and Patrick Thornhart (Thorsten Kaye), despite the actors June tweet that his account was hacked and that he was not leaving the soap.

According to sources, Buddy’s last tape date was late last week with his last airdate expected to be late October/early November. The role will not be recast as the character leaves Llanview alive, but leaves lady love Starr Manning (Kristen Alderson) and their child behind in Llanview.

Buddy made his acting debut on “One Life to Live” when he joined the cast of the drama series in October 2006. At this time is is unknown what the actor has planned for his post-”One Life” future.

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